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Prison Labor

Russia Plans To Use Prison Labor For 2018 World Cup

AP | Posted 05.25.2015 | World

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian authorities want to use prison labor to drive down the costs of holding the 2018 World Cup. The Russian prison service is b...

The Storm Is Over

Kathy Kelly | Posted 06.14.2015 | World
Kathy Kelly

Lightning flashed across Kentucky skies a few nights ago. "I love storms," said my roommate, Gypsi, her eyes bright with excitement. Thunder boomed over the Kentucky hills and Atwood Hall, here in Lexington, KY's federal prison.

Military Turns To Prison Labor For $100 Million In Uniforms -- At $2 Per Hour Wages

The Huffington Post | Chris Gentilviso | Posted 12.24.2013 | Politics

As the Pentagon continues to grapple with budget cuts, and workers continue to cry for higher wages, a confluence of those two issues is taking shape ...

Orange Is the New Black and the Practice of Prison Labor

Anita Sinha | Posted 10.13.2013 | Politics
Anita Sinha

Prison labor today, therefore, is part of why penitentiaries yield a multi-billion dollar profit. From the vantage of for-profit corporations' accounting, the notion that Orange Is the New Black takes on a whole different meaning.

Prison Labor as a Business Model

David Macaray | Posted 02.10.2013 | Business
David Macaray

The U.S. used to be recognized as the entrepreneurial capital of the world. Today (thanks largely to our unenlightened drug laws), we're recognized as the prison capital of the world. Prisoners, meet your new employers.

Prison Labor BOOMS Despite High Unemployment

The Huffington Post | Simon McCormack | Posted 12.10.2012 | Crime

The American government has been critical of China's forced-labor policies, but the United States has a burgeoning prison labor pool of its own. Ru...

Demanufacturing Wal-Mart: Profiting From Prison Labor

Al Norman | Posted 02.02.2013 | Business
Al Norman

Every year, Wal-Mart has to dispose of millions of dollars worth of customer returns, buy-backs, over-stocks, shelf-pulls, scratch-and-dent, and excess inventories. The retailer sells this merchandise to liquidators -- and the workers used to strip these products clean are often prisoner laborers.

Prison Labor Is Killing Our Business

The Huffington Post | Nate C. Hindman | Posted 08.15.2012 | Small Business

Imagine competing with an American company that pays its workers less than $1 an hour. That’s a reality Michael Mansh, president of a small ap...

Locking Down an American Workforce

Steve Fraser | Posted 06.20.2012 | Politics
Steve Fraser

The privatization of prisons in recent years has meant the creation of a small army of workers too coerced and right-less to complain.

American Gulag: A Lot More Than License Plates

Lyric Hughes Hale | Posted 06.19.2012 | Business
Lyric Hughes Hale

Of the 2.3 million prisoners now being held, more than 100,000 work in federal and state prison industry programs. This doesn't mean the usual cooking and cleaning, but work that produces products for sale -- about $2.4 billion dollars annually.

South Carolina Shows How Far We Have to Go

Rev. Jesse Jackson | Posted 03.18.2012 | Business
Rev. Jesse Jackson

The next time you attend a graduation, remember that the gowns worn by the graduates are likely to have been made by South Carolina prison labor.

"I Ain't Gonna Work On Martori's Farm No More"

Al Norman | Posted 08.29.2011 | Business
Al Norman

The next time you squeeze a melon at Wal-Mart, think about the prison farmworkers who got squeezed to produce it.

State Budget Battles Converge on Prison Labor Force

Michelle Chen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michelle Chen

Prison isn't just about doing hard time. For many, it's about working full-time, too. These days, state governments seem ready to squeeze their captive workforces to plug budget gaps on the cheap.